I love gardening books. It’s true to say I probably have too many gardening books (but don’t tell the other half). Yesterday I was in a well-known national book shop and realised I had more books than their gardening section offered! Shame on them.
When the weather changes to wet and dreary, the garden has been tidied for winter and the seed shopping is done, what’s better than curling up in front of the fire and losing yourself in indulgent fantasy.
I’ve included links to amazon pages. Also have a look in your local independent bookshop, or online book recycling websites.
Christmas Book Wishlist
1. Carol Klein – Wild Flowers
I love Carol Klein and have all her books and I can happily watch re-runs of her tv series. I even had an embarrassing fainting episode at RHS Tatton Park show a couple of years ago during her demonstration on propagation. To this day I still maintain that it was a combination of the hot sunny day and a lovely pint of cider but my fiancée is convinced it was a teenage-TakeThat-fan-like reaction to seeing Carol.
2. Jennifer Potter – The Rose
This book has received great reviews and would sit well alongside my Anna Pavord titles. I had a look at the beautiful hardback in the bookshop yesterday.
3. Jennifer Potter – Seven flowers and how they shaped our world
I love the meeting of plants and history. I have Andrea Wulf’s offerings in pride of place on my bookshelf. In Jennifer Potter’s second book on this list she covers seven plants and explores their impact on the world.
4. Sue Stickland – Back garden seed saving
The first of two books on this list I’ve learnt about via the Real Seeds website. Reviewed as being invaluable for anyone looking to save their own seeds and interestingly looks to be achievable at home.
5. Kate Collyns – Gardening for profit
I learnt about this book via Grow Green @ Hartley Farm and I have also found great reviews elsewhere. This fits the daydreaming requirement of gardening books for me. It’s unlikely I’ll be running my own well-respected, viable, specialist nursery any time soon. What this book offers is practical and experience-based information on the business of gardening.
6. Carol Deppe – Breed your own vegetable varieties
With my love affair with all things heritage, see here, I was intrigued by this book on the Real Seeds website. I shall be saving the seeds of my recent purchases and hopefully this book could come in handy.
7. Geoff Hodge – Botany for gardeners
Last year I bought the RHS Latin for Gardeners. I was really excited to see this new title appear. I had a quick, indulgent look yesterday in the book shop. It’s so tactile with its textured hardback. The inside looks like a series of paintings. I know it’s wrong to covet but ….
8. Chris Beardshaw – 100 plants that almost changed the world
I’m a huge fan of Chris Beardshaw. His explanations on gardeners question time and Beechgrove are always interesting and imbued with his vast knowledge. I also like the humour he brings to things.
Thanks to a kindly donated sideboard from a relative we’ve been able to clear one of the shelves in the gardening bookshelf.
So Santa, if you’re reading……